- Newsmaker: City Council Stops No-Response Policy on Alarms
More than 90% of burglar alarms turn out to be false, so last week, the LA Police Commission decided to save time and money by telling officers not to respond without a witness or video evidence that something-s actually wrong. Today, by a vote of 12-to-1, the City Council delayed the policy change. Mariel Garza, who covers City Hall for the Daily News, says the Council acted after getting an earful from lobbyists and concerned residents.
- Reporter's Notebook: Writers on America Protest War Propaganda
In the aftermath of September 11, the State Department asked 15 American poets, novelists and nonfiction authors to write about the American experience for a pamphlet to be distributed overseas. Now, some contributors fear their work is being misinterpreted. While poet Robert Creeley has no regrets about his participation, he appreciates writers- concerns for appearing to support the government-s war effort.